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  WTTG    Fox 5 Morning News at 425am    News  News/Business. New.  

    July 13, 2011
    4:25 - 5:00am EDT  

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. good morning, everyone. right off the top this morning, a major traffic alert. both loops of the capital
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beltway are closed in the tysons corner area because of power lines that are down there across the highway on the ground. police have closed the inner loop at route 7 exit. the outer loop is closed at interstate 66. this could remain closed for the early part of the morning commute. the power lines belong to dominion virginia. a crane that was doing some highway construction there actually pulled down those wires. good morning, everyone. i'm sarah simmons. we're going to get a live report on that situation in a few minutes but first let's get a look at the wept we are tucker -- weather with tucker barnes. is it going to be hotter today than yesterday? >> i don't know how it could be today. a little cooler but not a lot in the way of relief of the humidity until tomorrow. check it out right now. reagan national, that is not a comfortable temperature. 83 degrees at 4:25 in the morning. 79 in baltimore. these are pretty miserable temperatures. winchester 79. hagerstown 77. the cooler air has not arrived yet. i don't think it will get here till later tonight. we'll be quiet to start the day. we have a better chance today of scattered showers and thunderstorms. best chance will be south of the city. the cooler air starts to work in from the north and west late day tonight. then lows back in the 60s. plenty of sunshine. there will be a period of cloudiness this afternoon and the possibility of a scattered storm. winds out of the north 5 to 10.
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>> tucker, thanks. checking our top stories, opening arguments are scheduled to begin in the trial of roger clemens. the former pitching star is accused of lying to congress when he denied using performance enhancing drugs during a hearing in 2008. the mostly female federal jury in washington took shape after four days of questioning. still no deal on the debt. now the war of words is heating up. president barack obama says he couldn't guarantee social security checks will go out if there is no deal. house speaker john boehner -- an extraordinary american soldier honored by a band commander in -- by a commander
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in chief. >> reporter: itself country's highest military honor is handed out in an emotional ceremony at the white house. >> the medal of honor reflects the deepest gratitude of our entire nation. >> reporter: lee roy are a thiewr petrie, just the second to get the honor since the vietnam war. he saved the lives of his comrades while serving in afghanistan. he was wounded in may of 2008, a round from an ak-47 penetrated each of his legs. he remained in action helping one fellow soldier move to safety and then returning to fight. when one of the terrorists lobbed a grenade, petri grabbed that grenade and hurled it right back at them. it detonated and his right hand was amputated on the spot. president owe bam pa grasped his prosthetic hand in congratulations. he called him an extraordinary american soldier. >> with that selfless act, lee
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roy saved his two ranger brothers. they are with us today. >> reporter: among the nine recipients of the honor for the wars in afghanistan and iraq, he is one of only two who are alive. seven other service members didn't make it to any ceremony of gratitude. >> to be singled out is hum ridge. >> reporter: given his wounds key have retired with honor but instead he chose to reenlist. the father of four returned to afghanistan for his eighth deployment. the nats alone -- the nats loan all-star played last night. adrian beltre would single to left. jose batista is thrown out at the plate. prince fielder got the game- winning homer. he is your mvp. the national league tops the
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american league 5-1. we still have plenty ahead. your weather, traffic and all of your top stories. fox 5 morning fuss at 4:30 start -- fox 5 morning fuss at 4:30 starts now. good morning, everyone. it is wednesday, july 13. taking a live look at the washington monument this morning. it's going to be another hot and humid one out there today. we're going to check in with tucker here in just a minute. good morning, everyone. i'm sarah sill pons. welcome to -- simmons. welcome to fox 5 morning news. we're following breaking news. part of the beltway is closed this morning. a crane doing construction pulled down power lanes on to interstate 495 near route 66. fox 5's stacey cohan is near the scene with the latest details. she joins us on the phone. what is the latest out there? >> reporter: i can tell you we had it down to the scene. the inner loop. we were diverted off at route 7. it's quite slow going even at this hour of the morning because the beltway is completely shut down both
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sides, inner loop and outer loop, right there where this incident happened. so you will be diverted if you're coming on the outer loop, you'll be diverted on i- 66. it was apparently a crane around 1:20 a.m. that brought down the power lines across 495 near route 66. we have 174 customers without power. virginia power, dominion power is on the scene along with state police. they're trying to restring the lines, come up with a temporary solution so the roadway can be reopened before we get too deep into the morning rush hour. right now if you're coming through this area, be advised that traffic problems are already beginning to build as the beltway is completely closed. reporting live, i'm stacey cohan. sarah, back to you. >> thank you. let's check with julie wright right now. julie, what's the best thing probably to do at this point if you're heading in that direction? >> reporter: besides to avoid the whole thing all together which may not be an option, the
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inner loop, traffic coming northbound from gallows road, all that northbound traffic is being diverted off to 66. that's what we're being told. if you're traveling on the outer loop from the american legion bridge, they'll divert you off at route 7 in the direction of tysons. so again we basically have the roadway shut down between 66 and route 7 until further notice. what's also important to know if you're traveling eastbound on 66 coming in from 123, the ramp to the inner loop of the beltway are blocked off at this time. those ramps remain closed at this time. you have no access to the inner loop to continue northbound heading up towards the american legion bridge. if you're coming off of 7, both ramps to the inner and outer loop of the beltway remains closed at this time. you'll find 270 southbound looks good coming out of rockwell. in problem reported there. lanes are open traveling college park. the beltway shut down in each
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direction between 66 and route 7 over in virginia. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. >> thank you, julie. could be a messy morning commute it sounds like and we could be messy in the weather department, too. >> the weather is not going to cooperate. our temperatures more uncomfortable this morning than yesterday which is hard to do. we're 83 degrees at 4:30 in the morning. >> right now 83? >> yes. we thought it was bad yesterday, 77, 78. >> we're going to set new records of high minimum temperatures. here's your satellite and radar. a few clouds moving through. it should be a mostly sunny day. going to still be hazy and humid out there. won't be quite as hot as yesterday. yesterday we were in the upper 90s. today we'll be 92, 93. some scattered thunderstorms developing. as the cooler air finally starts to settle in later today. today is a good news forecast. right now 83 degrees. 83 degrees.
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humidity 58%. winds out of the north and west at 8 miles an hour. here's your forecast for today and again hot out there with a few afternoon thunderstorms. best chance south of the city and a high temperature 93. >> going to be hot. going to be hot. thank you, tucker. we'll check in with you in a little bit. our big story this morning, opening arguments are scheduled to begin today in the trial of roger clemens. baseball legend is accused of lying to congress during a hearing in 2008 when he denied using performance enhancing drugs. it took four days to pick the almost all female jury. clemens' lawyers are expected to begin their defense by questioning the investigation into whether he used peds was proper. checking other headlines, two teenagers are in critical condition after being hit by a car in severna park, maryland. the fire department on richie highway and west early heights
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road. the victims are 17 and 18 years old. they were taken to the hospital in critical condition. the driver stayed on the scene of that crash. in prince george's county, a parking lot brawl turned deadly over the weekend. now police are looking for a group of teenagers responsible for this. it happened saturday night outside an apartment complex off southern avenue and capitol heights. police say 50-yard raymond stewart and another man tried to break up a fight when they were attacked by about a dozen young men. the suspects allegedly hit stewart with a 2 by 4 and a metal pole killing him. police say the suspects could face murder charges. one week after his arrest, the man charged with starting three fires in the district is due in court. he face as preliminary hearing. one of the fires he is accused of starting injured five firefighters back in april. he is also suspected in several other arson cases in the district and maryland. his original court date was postponed after a judge ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
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the d.c. council approved a major shake-up of its committee assignments in a vote of 12-1. one of the biggest surprises? council member wells, stripping him of his committee chairmanship. the move has many focusing back on the two fully loaded suvs ordered for brown. >> he's been angry with tommy wells ever sin the suv report. this was a big surprise because i think, you know, kwame brown is sending a clear signal he expects council members to cover up the wrongdoing that he himself has engaged in. >> council member wells says he's not focusing on brown's decision. he will now take over the committee on parks and recreation. now to the fight over raising the debt ceiling. after more talks at the white house last night, there is still in agreement in sight.
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the top senate republican is suggesting to give the president the authority to simply decide to raise the credit on his own. mitch mcconnell wants to give him sweeping power to automatically increase the nation's debt limit t. goes in effect unless congress specifically votes to stop it. the president so far is not rejecting the idea. baseball's national league try to make it two wins in a row after the all-star game after a 13-year drought. tyler clifford faced one batter in the 4th. adrian beltre get as hit to left. jose batista is thrown out trying to score. the national league wins 5-2. love thy neighbor. apparently not in the case for one man. up next, how hacking into his neighbor's wireless network will now cost him some serious prison time. a military hero receives the highest honor and he has a humble request from president
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a minnesota man is sentenced for framing a neighbor with an e-mail scam. he got 18 years if prison for hacking into his neighbor's wireless network and sending sexually explicit e-mails, including child porn to his neighbor's co-workers. he also sent e-mails to president biden and other top officials. he wanted to ruin the victim's reputation and livelihood. moammar gadhafi's regime is facing shortages of fuel and he says to be running out of cash to pay for his sources. rebels say they've cut a key pipeline supplying gadhafi's government. they say he's close to leaving and rebel leaders are meeting nato ministers in belgium. itself u.s. government is condemning the assassination of
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afghan president car sigh's half -- karzai's half brother. a person close to him shot him in the head twice yesterday. the white house says it will cooperate in the murder investigation. former first lady betty ford remembered as a brave and energetic woman. first lady rose lind carter, hillary clinton and nancy reagan joined michele obama. betty ford died at the age of 93. sergeant lee roy petrie was part of an operation in may 2007 to take down an al qaeda lead near afghanistan. he was hit with an ak-47 in both legs but he led another ranger to cover, radioed for help and launch add grenade to give cover to a third ranger.
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an enemy grenade landed near two fellow rangers and he threw himself forward to pick it up and throw it back just as it exploded. he lost a hand and survived devastating shrapnel wounds. after receiving his awards, the soldier had a humble request. >> i ask whenever you have a chance or opportunity to thank them, shake their hand, give them a pat on the back for the job they've done because they've earned it. that's the greatest reward any service member can get is a simple thank you. >> sergeant petry says military families sacrifice just as men and women who wear the uniform and asked americans to keep those families in their thoughts and prayers. disturbing allegations from a man dying from cancer. up next, hear what he says police did to him as he tied to leave the hospital. now let's check in with tucker. good morning. very hot conditions expected once again today. i'll have all the details on that forecast for you and julie wright has a look at your on-
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this morning. you'll notice as you walk outside. first we want to look high to the sky. the crew of the space shuttle atlantis are back to work stock peopling supplies. yesterday's final space walk was being called a success. they removed a broken pump from the orbiting space station on to atlantis and installed a new experiment for a robot. this is the final mission for nasa's shuttle program. wow. amazing to see. the last one. kind of sad. >> very sad. >> hey, let's take a look at our weather. >> i'll tell you something that won't be sad. when we lose this heat and humidity. >> today is the last day? >> today is the last day of sort of the extreme conditions. it will be warmer for the weekend but mid-80s, it will feel a lot better. >> it will feel like a huge improvement. >> like fall. yesterday 97 at reagan national. let's get you the numbers. 97 was the actual air temperature. when you mixed in the humidity, it felt like a hundred plus for a good portion of the day.
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96 out of dulles. no records yesterday although we came pretty close. temperatures about 2 degrees away from tying the record at reagan national yesterday. here is the good news. a little cooler today. by a little cooler i mean highs in the low to mid-90s. that should start to feel better. later this afternoon with the passage of a few thunderstorms, that will sort of indicate that the cooler air is starting to move in. we'll be much, much better in about 24 hours so hang in there. one more day of this and a gradual improvement and nicer around here starting tomorrow. 83 degrees right now at reagan national and annapolis. we talk about record minimum high temperatures. i suspect that will be one overnight here as we're just not cooling off this morning. 73 in leonardtown. 72 frederick. 79 in winchester. these are not comfortable numbers. 73 for you right now in culpeper. again, we're going to jump very quickly and you can see it's not going to take a whole lot to get back into the 90s. here's satellite radar. no shower or thunderstorm activity.
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we're not expecting much development in the way of showers or thunderstorms this morning. now, as we get into the afternoon, this frontal system will start to charge through here. that could spark off some showers and thunderstorms. the thinking is the best chance will be south and -- south and east of the city. doesn't mean we can't see a thunderstorm in washington or off to the north and west. but the best chance later today will be south and east of the city. the cooler, drier air in chicago. very comfortable temperatures in the 60s. that will start to move in here later tonight. good news forecast. 93 this afternoon. still plenty of sunshine. still hot. there are your storms. scattered in nature. winds north at 5 to 10. tonight clearer and cooler overnight. back in the 60s. even here in the city upper 60s. low to mid-60s outside the beltway. check it out. thursday, friday, saturday, sunday, four days of sunshine, low humidity, and temperatures right where julie wright wants them. mid-80s. might have to do a cannibal --
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a cannonball off the high dive. >> reporter: in tysons we had a big construction incident. wires down across the highway. here's some good news. they are in the process of reopening the beltway in each direction now traveling between 66 and route 7. so that's better news for commuters. also better news means they're going to be reopening the ramp from 66 to exit on to the beltway, the toll road and of course 7 as well. what we know right now is that crews are in the process of reopening the beltway because the beltway had been shut down in each direction between 66 and 7. crews are in the process of reopening the beltway. the ramps are still in question right now, which ramps will be reopened and which are not if you're traveling off of 7. right now we do know 66 traffic coming eastbound toward the capital beltway will be reopened to go northbound on 495 to head back up towards the american legion bridge. we are hoping to get something reopened on these ramps off 66 and the beltway shortly. no incidents to report right now. on the utter loop we had delays
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approaching 66 where traffic was being diverted off. the pace improving there. no incidents reported. if traveling off the inner loop leaving annandale. again crews are in the process of reopening the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. a frail 100-pound dying maryland man claims he was slammed to the ground and roughed up by a local cop but as will thomas discovered, the police have a different story to tell. >> this is me. this is me right here. >> reporter: his name is george mccullum. you may not know his name but you've probably seen his work. he spent nearly 20 years as a bridge and tower painter. today at 58 mccullum is preparing to die. he's losing his battle with stage four lung cancer and his days are numbered. >> one time i heard six months, that i wasn't supposed to be here six months. i went past six
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responsibilities -- months. >> reporter: june 10 he walked out of prince george's county medical center without telling finish. >> because i wanted to go home. because if i was going to die, i'm going to die at home. >> reporter: a critical missing person's report was issued to law enforcement. a cheverly police officer found mccullum police say along the curb of busy landover road. what happened next depends on wow believe. >> when he pulled up beside me he said where do you think you're going? i said i'm going home. he said you're not going home. i said yes, sir, yes, i am going home. that's when he grabbed me. >> reporter: mccullum claims the officer yanked him to the ground face first, punched and kicked him with his knee into his back. >> based on mr. mccullum's size and, you know, any threat that he could have posed to the officer, the officer's actions in this situation were certainly excessive. >> reporter: police say the officer in question is about 6'4", 240 pounds. mccullum's documented a head
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wound and multiple abrasions to his legs. he also filed a complaint with the district court of maryland hoping the prince george's county state's attorney will prosecute the officer. >> for one thing, i don't want this to happen to anyone else anymore. >> reporter: cheverly police chief bobby robshaw didn't want to go on camera but believes his officer was simply approaching mccollum to see if he was okay and mccullum started screaming don't take me back to the hospital. the chief says that was never the officer's intention, but mccullum became violent so the officer wrestled to the ground and arrested him for assault. he was taken back to the hospital by ambulance. the chief says once medical staff told the officer about mccullum's health condition, the assault charge wasn't pursued. whose right -- who's right? ultimately the truth may come out in court. in prince george's county, will thomas, fox 5 news. >> charges have been dropped against a man accused in a pipe bombing in potomac, maryland.
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the 68-year-old was arrested in connection to the explosion outside a home on inglewood drive in potomac five months ago. part of the house was damaged but no one was hurt during this. prosecutors have dropped the case against him pending additional forensic tests. a move on capitol hill to get more electric cars and hybrid trucks on our roads. smith electric vehicles, one of the companies making those trucks showcased green technology. they are promoting the hybrid and electric trucks and infrastructure now being considered in congress. the act would provide tax incentives for buyers and bring down the costs for consumers. the high cost of gas is making alternative fuel vehicles look better and better these days. one inventor is helping to deliver another choice to the market, too. he helped create a new system for a hydrogen powered car. foxfox a looks at -- fox 5 looks at what this could mean for the market and your home in the future.
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>> reporter: it seems as if we just don't have a choice. >> 17 gallons at $72. >> you're forced to pay it. >> reporter: how often you fill up depends on how much you drive and your car's gas mileage. >> the suv probably about 15 to 20 miles per gallon. >> i fill up on a monday and usually sunday i have to put some more in. >> reporter: steve's camry gets 25 miles to the gallon. it's simply not enough. >> you either start riding your bike to work or find some alternative to burn in what i already drive. >> reporter: young is banking on a new system to help power his car. >> pull this bottom line back. >> reporter: it uses hydrogen gas. yes, it's the h in h2o or water. >> we're not prisoners of anything. we can extend the life of fuel as much as we would want to extend it. >> reporter: tall lot howard is
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a leegd researcher in the science of -- leading researcher in the science of hydrogen power in vehicle use. howard and mechanics at the east memphis greenstop will install a basic hydrogen converter to young's car. it uses the car's own electricity to produce low- grade hydrogen from water. >> what comes through here is pretty much pure hydrogen gas. >> reporter: the element pumped into the engine. it promises to improve power and gas mileage once it's clean of soot. >> you can extend a 30-mile per gallon vehicle in my estimate to about 45. >> if could i save 40, 50 buck as week, that's huge. >> reporter: the auto industry wants the technology for new vehicles. toyota which produced this promotional video along with honda, general motors and chrysler are testing hydrogen powered cars. toyota plans to bring hydrogen suves to the showroom in --
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suvs to the show rom in 2015. these companies plan to build h2 fueling stations. for steve young, the attraction is not global but practical. >> i've fallen in love with this and if i could just keep driving it, why not? >> reporter: there's one last water filtration system. for howard, it's an obsession. what's missing is a world driving a path to his door. i'm greg coy. is the u.s. women's soccer team set to pull off another thrilling win? we'll hear what the coach of the team thinks about the memorable victory against brazil coming up. lysol knows when the weather is at its best allergy season is at its worst. inside your home allergens can be found on everyday hard surfaces. lysol disinfecting wipes remove more than 95% of allergens. and lysol disinfectant spray kills the source
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jeter's 3,000th hit should have kept the ball. he gave it back and by doing so may end up with a five-figure tax bill. he was given four luxury suites for the rest of the season as well as three bats, two balls and jerseys signed by jeeter. if the items get classified as prizes rather than gifts, lopez could be in for a heavy bill from the i.r.s. john mcenroe -- [indiscernible] he fielded questions about the game and even which politician he would like to face in a match. as you can expect, he had a little fun with his answer. take a listen. >> i want to play obama in hoops. he claims to be a good basketball player. i used to think of myself as a decent one. i think i do pretty well against him in tennis but i'm not quite so sure about basketball. >> the u.s. women's world cup team faced france in the semi finals today. sunday's epic match with brazil earned the highe